Call for Support for Continuity of wlka

Peaceful political struggle without media is entirely unthinkable. For the past 3-years, the Agaw people’s struggle, specially, Kemant’s struggle for self-rule and equality that took the attentions of many people could not happen at all without wlka. Indeed, wlka has done its professional responsibility as the online press media. Now days, it is facing enormous challenges for its continuity as the forum and provision of compatible services in the dramatically changing world. There are two major parameters wlka has encountered, financial and personnel who have to provide voluntary services indefinitely. At this point, there are only two unpleasant choices, either strengthen the existing media and pursue the resistance for liberty and constitutional rights, or give up, surrender to the oppressors and live in second class citizenship. If the choice is the former, the following measures must be taken for wlka’s effective continuity:
1. It has to be updated including domain modification and hardware upgrading on its base, to uphold its security and functional capacity.
2. Be able to pay transport and allowance for an informant who travels to field to collect first hand evidence.
Certainty, financial commitment is required to execute the project:

  • $6,790 for the system upgrading and enhancement including backup capability for offline availability;
  • $3,386 for allowance and transport cost for the informants per year;
  • $510 for contingency in the case of emergency for immediate life support. If any thing, like automobile accident happens on the informant while in the field;
  • TOTAL of $US 10,686 only.
  • You are kindly requested to support financially the project as you are keen to the liberty of the oppressed people. Also, share this information with those who have no access to the website. Then, please take initiatives and setup a steering committee that can collect fund from the country you are living. Then, communicate wlka in the same way, you send your articles and comments for publication. Leave your full address including e-mail, phone number with country code and name of city. Then, wlka will contact you for a further action. Thanks!

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    “Canaan-Egypt Origin Gondaris”

    By Mizigena A

    ኢትዮጵያ የተለያዩ ህዝቦች የሚኖሩባት አገር ብትሆንም ስለህዝቦቿ ለረዥም ዘመናት በጽሀፈ-ትዕዛዝ ዲስኩረኞች፣በደብተራ ተራኪዎች የሚነገረውና በውጭ አገር ፀሀፍት ተውገርግሮ ሲላቁጥ የነበረው ‹ታሪክ መሰል› ነገር በአብዛኛው ኢትዮጵያዊያን ዘንድ በመስረፅ በአጉል የበላይና የበታች የማንነት ቀውስ ውስጥ እንዲዘፈቁ አድርጓቸዋል፡፡ ለአብዛኛው ኢትዮጵያዊያን ለዘመናዊ ትምህርትና ምርምር የነበረን ቅርበት እምብዛም በመሆኑ የውጭ አገር ታሪክ አዋቂ ተብየዎችና ሀይማኖታዊ ሚሸነሪዎች ለራሳቸው ተልዕኮ ማሰፈፀሚያ አጣመውና አወላግደው የሚነግሩንና የሚጽፉልንን ሁሉ ያለምንም መጠራጠር እንደወረደ እውነትና ቁም ነገር ያለው አድረገን በመውሰድና ይህን የተዛባ ታሪክ መሰል ሀሳዊ ጉዳይ ከትውልድ ትውለድ ስናስተላልፍ ዘመናት ተቆጥረዋል፤ ይህ አይነት አመለካከት ሙሉ በሙሉ ሳይቀረፍ ወደ 21ኛው ክፍለ-ዘመን ተሸጋግረናል፡፡
    በዚህም የተነሳ “የኢትዮጵያ ምድር በእግዚአብሔር ለተመረጡት የሰም ወገን ነን ብለው ለሚያስቡ ህዝቦች ብቻ የተፈቀደች በማስመሰል እራሱን ኩሽና ናይሎቲክ ብሎ ለሚጠራው ኢትዮጵያዊ መኖሪያ ትሆን ዘንድ አልተፈቀደችም” በማለት ሀይማኖትን መሰረት ያደረገ ጦርነት በተለይ በአገሪቱ የሰሜን ክፍል ተካሂዷል፡፡ የዚህ ጦርነት ውጤትም በአገሩ ላይ ተሸናፊው ‹ገባር‹ አሸናፋ ‹አስገባሪ› እንዲሆን በማድረግ በህዝቦች ዘንድ የመከራ ዘመን እንዲያሳልፉ ዳርጓቸዋል፡፡ የዚህ አይነት የተወላገደ አስተሳሰብ በዚሀም ብቻ አላቆመም፡፡ በአንዳንዶቹ ላይ የኢትዮጵያዊነት ስሜት ከናካቴው እንዳይሰማቸውና በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ለሚከወኑ ፖለቲካዊ፣አስተዳደራዊና ኢኮኖሚያዊ ኩነቶች ‹አይመለከተንም› እንዲሉና ለተፈቀደላቸው ለእነዚህ ራሳቸውን በሀሰት ‹የሴም ወገን› ብለው ለሚጠሩ ወገኖች ብቻ በምድርም በሰማይም የተተወ እስኪመስላቸው ድረስ እንዲያምኑ ተሰበከ፡፡ በዚህ ምክንያት የሰሜንና መካከለኛው ኢትዮጵያ ነባር ሕዝቦች የዚህ የማንነት ቀውስ የመጀመሪያው የአደጋው ሰለባ እንዲሆኑ ተዳርገዋል፡፡
    አገዛዛቸውን ዘላለማዊ ለማድረግ የሄዱበት ሌላኛው መንገድ በህዝቦች ላይ ‹መጤ› የሚል ስም በመለጠፍ ከቀያቸው በማሳደድና መሬታቸውን በመንጠቅ መተዳደሪያ አልባ ማድረግ ነበር፡፡ የዚህ አስተሰብ የመጀመሪያ ገፈት ቀማሾች ከአገው ወገን የሚመደቡት የቅማንትና በተለምዶ ቤተ አስራኤል (ወይንም እነሱ ያወጡላቸውን ስም ለመጠቀም ፈላሻ) ነገዶች ነበሩ፡፡
    በተለይ እነዚህ ብዙ ጽሐፊዎች እንደሚሉት የአገው ወይም የJew ዘሮች፡ የአብርሀም እምነት የሆነውን ህገ-ልቦና (worship of Abraham) አጠንክረው ሲከተሉ ስለነበር በኢትዮጵያ እየተስፋፋ የመጣውን የክርስትና እምነት በቀላሉ ሊቀበሉ አልቻሉም ነበር፡፡ በቅማንትና በቤተእሰራኤላዊያን መካከል የሚታየው ልዩነት በኦሪት እምነትና በቅማንቶች ህገ-ልቦና ይዘው በመቀጠላቸው ምክንያት ነበር፡፡ በኢትዮጵያ የክርስትና እምነት የህዝብ ከመሆኑ በፊት የቤተ-መንግስት እምነት ስለነበር ህዝቦችን አስገድዶ ወደ ክርስትና የመቀየሩ ሂደት ተጠናክሮ ቀጠለ፡፡ ይሁንእንጅ በተለይ ‹ቤተ-አስራኤላዊያን› እምነታቸውን በቀላሉ ሊተው ባለመቻላቸው የሀይማኖት ጦርነት ዋና ሰለባዎች ሆኑ፡፡ በዚህ የተነሳ ቤተ አስራኤላዊያን ከእሰራኤል የፈለሱና ኢትዮጵያዊ ያልሆኑ ተደርጎ በክርስትና እምነት አራማጆች በመሰበኩ ባይተዋርነት እንዲሰማቸው መንገዱ ተከፈተ፡፡ የሚያሳዝነው ነገር ግን ከእስራኤል መጡ የተባሉ ህዝቦች ‹‹ከሰለሞን የተወለድኩ ነኝ›› የሚለው የገዢው መደብ የራሱን ወገን (በሀሰትም ቢሆን) በጠላትነት የመፈረጁ ምክንያ የጉዳዩን ግርንቢጥነት (መጣረስ) ቁልጭ አድርጎ ያመለክታል፡፡ በመቀጠልም ‹የተጠመቀ ይድናል› የሚለው ሀይማኖታዊ ስብከት ቀርቶ ‹ያልተጠመቀ ከመሬቱ ይነቀላል› በሚለው ፖለቲካንና ሀይማኖትን አጣምሮ በያዘው ‹ሰሎሞናዊ ዳይነስቲ› ክርስትናን እንዲቀበሉ ተገደዱ፡፡ በአብዛኛው የኦሪት እምነታቸውን በመምረጣቸው ከመሬታቸው እንዲፈልሱ (evacute) በመደረጋቸው ‹ፈላሻ› የሚል ሥም በመስጠት እንዲሳደዱና መሬታቸው እንዲቀማ ተደርገ፡፡ በመጨረሻም ኢትዮጵያን ትተው እንዲሄዱ ተደረገ፡፡
    በተመሳሳይ መንገድ እንዲታዩ የተደረጉት ሌሎች የአገው ህዝቦች ደግሞ ቅማንቶች ነበሩ፡፡ ቅማንቶች እንደቤተአስራኤል ሁሉ እምነታቸው ህገ-አብራሀም በመሆኑ ለክርስትና ሀይማኖት ከፍተኛ ተቃውሞ ያሳዩ ነበሩ፡፡ ይሁን እንጅ ከቤተስራኤላዊያን ለየት የሚያደርጋቸው ክርስትና እምነትን ‹አንቀበልም› በሚል ጦርነት አላወጁም፡፡ ይልቅ ክርስትናን በመቀበል ሁለቱን እምነት(የራሳቸውን ጨምሮ) ጎን ለጎን በማስኬዳቸው እንደቤተ እስራኤላዊ ወንድሞቻቸው ከመሬታቸው ሙሉ በሙሉ ተነቅለው አንዲፈልሱ አልተደረጉም፡፡ እምነቱን የተቀበሉ ቅማንቶች ራሳቸውን ‹አማራ› ብለው በመጥራት የአጥማቂው አካል ተደርገው በመቆጠራቸው በመሬታቸው ላይ እንዲቀጥሉ ተደርገዋል፡፡ እነዚህ ህዝቦች በአሁኑ ሰዓት በደንቢያ በአለፋ በቋራና ወገራ ያሉ ህዝቦች ክርስትናን ቀድመው በመቀበላቸው ምክንያት አማራ ተበለው እንዲጠሩ የተደረጉ የቅማንት አካል ናቸው፡፡ የክርስትና እምንትን ‹አንቀበልም› ባሉ ቅማንቶች ግን ፖለቲካዊና ሀይማኖታዊ በደሎችን አላስተናገዱም ለማለት አይደለም፡፡ እነዚህ በማንነታቸውና በዕምነታቸው ጠንተው የቀሩ የቅማንት ህዝቦች እንደቤተኢሰራኤላዊያን ወገኖቻቸው ኢትዮጵያ የምትባል አገር ‹የእኔ ናት› የሚል ስሜት እንዳይሰማቸውና መጤ ነን ብለው እንዲያስቡ ለማድረግ የውሸት ማንነት ላያቸው ላይ በተለያየ መንገድ እንዲለጠፍ ተደረጓል፡፡ ከእነዚህ የሀሰት ዲስኩሮች መካከል ‹‹ቅማንቶች የመጡት ከግብጥ ነው›› የሚል ነበር፡፡ ለዚህ ተረት ተረት አባባል መነሻ የሆነው በዋናነት በአፈታሪክ ተደጋግሞ የሚነገረው አባባል ነበር፡፡ ተረቱም በክበረ-ነግስት መጽሀፍ እንዲህ ተብሎ ተቀምጧል ‹‹ ካም ከእስያ በባበለመንደብ ተሻግሮ መጥቶ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ገባ፡፡ ይህም የሆነው በ2787 ዓ.ዓለም 2713 ዓመት ከጌታችን ከየሱስ ክርስቶስ ልደት በፊት ነው›› ይላል፡፡ ከዚህ ጋር ተያይዞ በቅማንት አባቶች የሚነገረው ደግሞ በመካከለኛው ምስራቅ የምትገኘው የከነአን ምድር በርሀብ በተመታች ጊዜ የቅማንት አባት የሆነው አነይር ከሚስቱና ከልጆቸ ጋር በመሆን በግብጥ በኩል አድርጎ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ተሰደደ›› ይላሉ፡፡ አለቃ ታየ ደግሞ ‹የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ታሪክ ,1958› በሚለው መጽሀፋቸው ‹‹በነገድ ካም ዘመን ሦስት ነገዶች በየጊዜው ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ገቡ፡፡ እነርሱም ነገደ ሻንቅላ ነገደ ቅማንትና ነገደ ወይጦ ናቸው›› ይላሉ፡፡ ለዚህ ሁሉ የታሪክ መዛባት ምንጩ ክብረ-ነግስት የተባለው የውሽት ክምር ነው፡፡ ምክንያቱም እነዚህ ህዝቦች ከተባለው ቦታ ሰለመምጣታቸው የሚያሳይ ምንም አይነት የአንትሮፖሎጅ፣የሥነ-ልሳን፣ የፖሌእነቶሎጅ እና ሌሎች መረጃዎቸን መሰረት በማድረግ የተጠቀሱ አልነበሩምና፡፡
    በዚህም ምክንያት ‹‹ቅማንቶች ግብጣዊ ናቸው፣ አንድ ቀን እንደ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን ኢትዮጵያን ለቀው ወደ መጡበት ግብጥ ይሄዳሉ›› የሚሉ ተረት ተረት ማደናገሪያዎች በተደጋጋሚ በኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስቲያን የሀይማኖት መሪዎች ጭምር ሆን ተብሎ በመሰበኩ የቅማንት ህዝብና ሌላው የጎንደር ህዝብ የዚህ የተሳሳተ አስተሳሰብ ሰለባ እንዲሆን ተደረገ፡፡ በመሆኑም ለዘመናት የቅማንቶች መሬት በግፍ እንዲወረርና የመሬት ባለቤት እንዳይሆኑ ለማድረግ ከተከናወኑ ተደጋጋሚ ሙከራዎች በኋላ የ1966 ዓ.ም አብዮትና የ1967 ዓ.ም የመሬት ላራሹ አዋጅ ሙሉ በሙሉ ከዚህ አደጋ የቅማንትን ህዝብ ታድጎታል፡፡ በእርግጥ በዚህ ሁሉ ሂደት ‹መሬትክን አምጣ አላመጣም፣ በትወለዳለህ አትወለድም› በሚል ሰበብ አስከ ዘመነ ኃይለስላሴ ድረስ የቅማንት ህዝብ ከባድ መከራን አሳልፏል፡፡ በሰሜኑ የአገራችን ህዝቦች ዘንድ በመሬት ስሬት በኩል የነበረውን ማንም የታሪክ ፀሀፊ ለማስቀመጥ አልደፈሩም፡፡ ከመሬታቸው ተነጥቀው ገባር ተደርገው የነበሩት የደቡብ ህዝቦች የሚመስላቸው ብዙዎች ናቸው፡፡ ከእነሱ በፊት የአገው ህዘብ በአጠቃላይ በተለይ ደግሞ ቅማንትና ቤተእስራኤል ከባዱን ግፍ ተጎንጭቷል፡፡
    ይሁእንጅ የዚያ የተበላሸ አስተሳሰብ የዞረ ድምር በቅማንት ህዝብ ላይ ዛሬም ሙሉ በሙሉ ተቀርፏል ማለት አይቻልም፡፡ በቅማንት ህዝብ ላይ በ12ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን የተጀመረው አስገድዶ ማንነትንና አምነትን የማስቀየር ድርጊት አስከ 21ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን በመዝለቅ ችግሩ ዛሬም ሙሉ በሙሉ አልጠፋም፡፡
    የፌደራል ሥርዓቱ ለኢትዮጵያና ለኢትዮጵያዊያን ጥሩ ነገር አመጣም አላመጣም ቢያንስ ህዝቦች በእውነተኛ ስማቸው እንዲጠሩ አድርጓቸዋል፡፡ ዉጤቱ ለኢትዮጵያ ይበጃትም ያጥፋትም ህዝቦች ቋንቋቸውን እንዲያሳድጉ መሰረት ጥሎላቸዋል፡፡ ይህ እየተደረገ ባለበት ሥርዓት ግን የቅማንት ህዝብ በግድ ማንነትክን ትተህ የሌላ ማንነት መጎናጸፊያ ካልደረብክ እነሱ መጣበት ወደሚሉት ‹‹የግብጥ ምድር ትመለሳለህ እየተባለ›› በአደበባይ እየተነገረው ይገኛል፡፡ የቅማንትን ህዝብ ቀደምትነትና ኢትዮጵያዊነት ለማደናገር የሚሞክሩ ሰዎች አንድም ከቅማንት አብራክ ወጥተው ራሳቸውን ወደሌላ ማንነት የቀየሩ አለያ ደግሞ በማንነት ቀውስ ዉስጥ የሚዳክሩ ቡድኖች ለመሆናቸው መጠራጠር የሌለበት ሀቅ ነው፡፡ ለቅማንት ኢትዮጰያዊነት የእነሜቴ አይከል አድባር ፣የጃን ተከል ዋርካና የፋሲል ግንብ ዛሬም ድረስ ቋሚ ምስክሮች ናቸወ፡፡
    እጅግ የሚሰቀውና የሚያሳዝነው ድሮም ሲያደርጉት እንደነበሩት የዚህን ህዝብ መልካም ስም ለማጉደፍ ቅማንትን በኢትዮጵያ እድገት፣ አንድነትና ልማት መንገድ ላይ የቆመ በማስመሰል የሚያሰወሩት ወሬ አደገኛነቱ የከፋ ከመሆኑም በላይ በነገ አብሮነታችን ላይ የሚጥለው ጠባሳ ከባድ ነው፡፡ ቅማንት ራሱን አንድም ቀን ‹ግብጣዊ ነኝ› ብሎ ቆጥሮና አስቦ አያዉቅም ፤ግብጦችም ‹ ቅማንት የሚባል ህዝብ ጠፍቶብናልና አፋልጉን› ብለው የዓለምን ህብረተሰብ አልጠየቁም፡፡ የዚህ ሁሉ የወረደ አስተሳሰብ መሰረቱ ኢትዮጵያዊ ‹እኛና እኛ ብቻ› ከሚል የሚመነጭና ሌላው በባይተዋርነት ስሜት በአገሩ ፖለቲካዊና አስተዳደራዊ ጉዳይ አያገባኝም ብሎ እንዲያስብና ትምህክት ቡድኖች ራሳቸውን ብቻ የአገሪቱ ብቸኛ ተዋናይ ለማድረግ ካላቸው ደብቅ ዓላማ የሚመነጭ መሆኑ ለማንም ግልጥ ነው፡፡
    በአሁኑ ሰዓት የቅማንት ህዝብ ማንነቱ ተሰርዞ በሌላ ማንነት ሲጠራ ‹ለምን ይህ ይሆናል? ብሎ በመጠየቁ ምክንያት ጎሰኛና ጠባብ የሚል ስም ተለጥፎለት በህገ-መነግሥታዊ መብቱ እንዳይገፋበት እየተደረገ ይገኛል፡፡ እጅግ የሚያሳዝነው ደግሞ የቅማንትን ማንነት ለመሰረዝ የሚያቀነቅኑ የኅብረተሰብ ክፍሎች በሌላ በኩል የእነሱ ወገን በግዳጅ የሌላ ማንነት እንዲቀበል ተደርጓል፣ ወደሌላ ክልል እንዲከለል ተደርጓል እያሉ መንግሥትን እየወነጀሉና ይህንም ድርጊት በሀይል እናስመልሳለን እያሉ ባሉበት ወቅት ‹‹በአንተ ላይ እንዲፈጸም የማትፈልገውን በሌሎች ላይ አታድርግ›› የሚለውን ወርቃማ አባባል መርሳታቸው ነው፡፡
    ይህን በግዛት አንድነት ሥም በቅማንት ህዝብ ላይ የተሸረበ ሤራ የማይገነዘቡ ጥቂት የቅማንት ልጆች በተለይ (ዉጭ አገር የሚኖሩ) ጭምር የዚህ አስተሳሰብ ሰለባ በመሆን ‹ቅማንት ነኝ ማለት የወያኔ የከፋፍለህ ግዛው መሳሪያ መሆን ነው› በማለት የቅማንት ማንነት ከኢትዮጵያ ምድረ ገፅ እንዲጠፋ ለማድረግ ከሌሎች ጋር ሲዶልቱ ይሰማሉ፡፡ ይሁንእንጅ የቅማንት ማንነትን እንዲጠፋ ሲመኙ በራሳቸው ላይ እየተሰላቁ እንደሆነና ለሌሎች በአሽከርነት እያገለገሉ ያሉ እነሱ መሆናቸውን የተገነዘቡት አይመስለኝም፡፡ምን አልባት ‹ቅማንት የለም› ብለው እንዲሰብኩ ያደረጓቸውን ጌቶቻቸውን ማንነት ቢጠይቋቸው በኩራት የሚመልሱትን መልስ የሚያዉቁት ይመስለኛል፡፡ ቅማንት ደግሞ ትናንት በኢህአዴግ የተፈጠረ ህዝብ ሳይሆን ነባር ኢትዮጵያዊ መሆኑን እየካዱት ያሉት ህዝቦችና የአማራ ክልል ሸመኞች ጭምር ያዉቁታል፡፡
    ባለፈው ሁለት ወራት በፊት አንድ የፌደራል መንግሥት ቡደን በቅማንት ህዝብ የማንነት ጥያቄ ዙሪያ ጥናት ለማድረግ ጎንደርና አካባቢው ተገኝቶ ነበር፡፡ ለእዚህ የጥናት ቡደን የተሰጠው የቡደን ውይይት መልስ እጅግ የሚያሳዝንና ኢትዮጵያን ለባሰ መከፋፈል የሚዳርግ ነበር፡፡ እነዚህ የቅማንትን ማንነት የማይፈልጉ ግለሰቦች የሰጡት መልስ ይህን ይመስላል፡፡ ‹ቅማንቶች ጎንደሬ አይደሉም የመጡትም ከግብጥ ነው ጎንደር ውስጥ ምንም አይነት ርዕስት የላቸውም ባለርዕስቶች እኛው ነን፡፡ ቅማንት ሆነው መኖር ከፈለጉ ወደመጡበት ግብጥ ሊመለሱ ይችላሉ› የሚል እጅግ አሳፋሪ መልስ ነበር፡፡ አጥኝ ቡድኑም የራሱን ትዝብት ይዞ ወደመጣበት ተመልሷል፡፡ እነዚህንና መሰል ግለሰቦች ናቸው ስለኢትዮጵያ አንድነት ሲሰብኩ የሚደመጡት፡፡ የኢትዮጵያዊያንን ኢትዮጵያዊ መሆን ያልተቀበለ ቡድን እንዴት ስለኢትዮጵያ አንድነት የመስበክ ሞራል ይነረዋል ተብሎ ይታሰባል? እነዚህ ቡድኖች ዛሬ በየቦታው የሚያቀነቅኑት እውነተኛ የኢትዮጵያ አንድነትን ለማምጣት ሳይሆን የኢትዮጵያን ህዝብ ወደ ድሮው የብሔር ጭቆና የመመለስ አባዜ ለመሆኑ ለማንም የአደባባይ ሚስጥር ነው፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ አንድነት የሚረጋገጠው አንድን ህዝብ በሀይል የሌላ ማንት እንዲቀበል በማድረግ ሳይሆን ሁሉም በእኩል መንፈስ ተከባብሮ ሲኖር ነው፡፡ ይህ አይነት የወረደ አመለካከት ለኢትዮጵያ አንድነት እምቅ አደጋ መሆኑን እነዚህ አስገድዶ ማንነትን ለማስቀየር የሚተጉ ግለሰቦችና የአማራ ክልል አመራሮች ቆም ብለው ሊያስቡ ይገባል፡፡ የዚህ ሁሉ አስተሳሰብ መሰረቱ የአደግንበት የትምህክት አመለካከት ዉጤት ካልሆነ በስተቀር የቅማንት ህዝብ በህልሙም በእዉኑም ‹ግብጣዊ ነኝ› ብሎ አያውቅም፡፡ ቅማንት በንፁህ ኢትዮጵያዊነቱ የሚኮራ ራሱን ከየትም ከምንም ጋር የማያላትም የኩሽ ዘር ነው፡፡

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    Oromo Student Shot to Death

    On June 1, 2014, around 2:00, AM after midnight Oromo student from Bahir Dar University, Technology campus, shot to death. The victim is namely Alemayehu Tesema third student was shot on his head at down town. His friend whom got shot on his leg is under medical treatment at Felege Hiwot Hospital. Another victim’s friend who escaped without injury fled back home.

    The perpetrator reportedly under custody is with military uniform. The motives of killing is not clear. The students appearance in the middle of the night at down town is not clear either.

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    Kemant Council for Self-Rule & Recognition (KCSR) Held Conference

    The KCSR held the fourth regular conference on May 17, 2014. The council comprised of 120 members appraised performance since its third conference. It underlined its efforts and contributions made the Study Team designated by House of Federation to grasp actual facts on the ground.
    The participants expressed their desires to see House of Federation to come up with a fair decision that will guarantee Kemant’s constitutional rights, which will couple with lasting peace and stability in the region. Otherwise, the delegates made clear that continuity of the struggle for liberty and dignity. Their determination for their cause is stated in the communiqué issued at the end of the conference; the eleven point statement reads as follows:
    1. We have mobilized and stand together as Kemants to claim our constitutional rights, and the experience can be expandable to developmental aspects for the purpose of achieving the national economic transformation.
    2. We should struggle those anti-constitutional chauvinists in collaboration with the Ethiopian people, to entitle Kemants for the constitutional rights of self-rule.
    3. We call on media including the state media to register our constitutional and democratic activities without prejudice.
    4. We Kemants shall work to develop and preserve our history, culture and language.
    5. We should use economically and in accountable manner resources provided for the purpose of the struggle to respect the Kemant’s constitutional rights.
    6. We should continue ensuring our constitutional struggle in all woreda is planned, lawful and peaceful.
    7. Our struggle for constitutional rights should be inclusive of economic aspects.
    8. We call on the government to take legal measures against these involved in abduction and illegal imprisonment of the Kemant representatives, because of their struggle for constitutional rights.
    9. We Kemants fulfill requirements laid down in FDRE Constitution and our constitutional rights can be only materialized under self-administration, we reaffirm our quest for self-rule not only for recognition.
    10. We also reaffirm our struggle for our constitutional rights till it is respected.
    11. We also reaffirm that our gain in self-rule will not affect others rights; tolerance and co-existence will be in place with the Amhara community (brothers) and create conducive conditions for mutual respect.

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    Dogs Are Barking While Camel Persists Going

    By Mizigena

    This article is the response to Face book comment about Gra Tash. First and foremost, we have to be very clear that where Kemant (Qemant’s) natural rights to continue as Kemant emanates from. In the first place Kemant acquire these rights because it is their natural rights to be called and continue as Kemant. Secondly, this constitutional right is given by the law of the land not by individuals jurisdiction power.
    Thirdly individuals have every right to say their feeling no matter what are their hidden motives are. We should respect their opinion and only react to their opinion.
    The guy you mentioned as Tashu can raise any civilized opinions no matter where he belongs to regardless of his race even to the extent that “ there is no people called Kemant in the land of Ethiopia.” We should not get easily flare up with this type of ideas. Rather we should show clearly with a very supportive documents and evidence that Kemant is the indigenous people of Ethiopia. We should help this people to get out of their doubt and confusion by enlightening them about the objective Kemant’s quest with regard their identity. We should show them that the issue of self administration is only the derivatives of self identity in the Ethiopian constitution. Because the law permits for internal self administration if a given society in Ethiopia is considered as distinct nation, nationality and people.
    Kemant is struggling not with a motive or intent of session though the Ethiopian constitution permits unconditional secessions if one needs to do so.
    I would like to make clear at this point that Kemant is questing to reinstate the denied rights to be called as Kemant now and in the time to come. Our quest is not to separate from our brothers Amhara, Oromo, Tigraway people and the rest of Ethiopians and live in our own island. It is impossible and unthinkable and benefits no one and add no value to Ethiopian unity and its development.
    I would like to make clear to our Ethiopian brothers, sisters and even to the international communities; ethnocide has been committed upon Kemant people in the last 23 years. Kemant has been forcefully been annexed to Amhara without their free wills, their culture and language are critically endangered and at the verge of death. This act is equivalent to genocide and critically against United Nation’s law which Ethiopia signs to.
    We should be cautious enough that there are people even within Kemant and non Kemant members who consciously try to divert the genuine quest of Kemant by giving different names. So please do not waste your time and pay no attention to individuals. Rather we should use our time telling our Ethiopian brothers and international community there is human rights violation against Kemant. Individuals can stick to their own opinion; and let us respect their opinion and tell them that Kemant quest is only to be recognized as Kemant not As Amhara or any else. As Amhara people do not like to be called Oromo and the Oromo to be called Tigraway and otherwise Kemant never and ever wants to be called Amhara for the simple reason that Kemant is not Amhara. Trying to call Kemant, Amhara adds value neither to Amhara nor to Kemant. Rather this breeds unnecessary ill feeling between the two people.
    Let us face the truth; Ethiopia is the land of diversity people with their own culture. Unless we accept this truth and try to co-exist, no one brings Ethiopian unity by calling Kemant, Amhara. People who have this type of idea should come back to the reality.
    Let me conclude telling our Ethiopian brothers sisters and international community about what very few non Kemant people living around Gondar talk about Kemant.
    “Kemant came from Egypt and Gondar is not their homeland and advise Kemant to go back to Egypt” like what they did to our Bet-Israel brothers. Look! This is a fabricated legend produced to deny Ethiopianess of Kemant and they assume they are the only Ethiopians. This kind of people had created a belief in our Ethiopian brothers, Beta-Israel/Ethiopian Jews/Agaws to think that they were not Ethiopian and lastly leave for Israel. So let Grazamach Tashu say whatever he needs. We should only persist in requesting our natural rights to continue As Kemant not as any other people.

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    No One Can Change People’s Identify by Force

    By Hailu T., Melbourne, Australia


    The Kemant struggle for identity recognition and self-rule is legal, but the response of the Amhar Regional government is illegal and unconstitutional. When I read the Kemant’s lawful and constitutional request and on the contrary the regional government’s unlawful action has drawn my attention to take side in favor of oppressed Agaw Kemant people. I am one of this ethnic group which is called south agaw? The action taken by the Amhara government doesn’t consist with the EPRDF’s political principle and the Ethiopian constitution. I feel that current Ethiopian constitution treats and recognizes the rights of all nations and nationalities on equal basis.

    My question is why Kemant Agaw treated differently and sent prison for demanding their constitutional right? The action of the amhra govrnemnt is ridiculous trying to make people amhra by using excessive force against lawful request lodged by the people. It is fact that Kemant were treated as second class citizens in their own country, like all other Agaws similar to the indigenous Australian. Now the time has passed, the new generation should not accept derogatory life in their own country, Ethiopia. We all Ethiopians should be treated equally before the law and constitution.

    The request lodged by Kemant Agaw to the Federal government of Ethiopia is to restore their basic human right and human dignity they had lost for centuries. They are not calming compensation for the past social and political inequality. The demand is for future to gain their political and social justice equally as other Ethiopian fellows. Those people were absolutely denied their human rights directly and systematically.

    I also would like to urge all agaws to stand together with Kemant Agaws to gain more political and economic rights. We also should support our other brothers and sisters in Gondar whom struggling for their human dignity. It is also important condemning the brutality of the Amahar regime for committing gross human right violation against the Kemants. The current situation in North Gondar can create hostility between all Agaws and the regime in the Amhara region. Because the regime’s action against Kemant is concerns of all Agaw and freedom loving people in Ethiopia.
    Historical documents have proved that the designation, Agaw or Beta Israel, or Ethiopian Jews is description of the same people in the land of Kush, as Eldad identified. So, that, all people named Beta Israel or Jews must join the struggle for liberty and dignity, to reclaim the federal status in Gojjam and Gondar. As the same time, all Amahras should stand with their Agaw brothers and sisters in north Gonder to avoid further brutality.
    Respecting Agaw as human being and citizen as equal as Amhara is important to live in harmony and peace. I’m also disappointed on the federal government of Ethiopian for ignoring kemants demand for recognition and self-rule in line with the Ethiopian constitution. The federal government of Ethiopia also has a major responsibility to safeguard the constitution and to implement the constitution which is currently violated by the Amahr aristocratic regime. Our people have been denied political and social justice for decade in North Gondar due to imposition of Amharaization. The regime has to change political orientation, it has to accept diversity and multiculturalism in the region; killing and arresting cannot bring a solution, but a create problem in future co-existence. Agaw should not and can’t accept brutality in North Gondar any more.

    Still I believe the main political principle of the current government and its constitution is recognizing the right of all nations and nationalities and granting self-determination. This right is set in article 39 in the current Ethiopian constitution published in 1995. I urge the federal government of Ethiopia to intervene immediately in crisis ongoing in North Gondar.

    A joint committee is required which is comprises all Agaws to assess the situation and to plan what to do in the future. I also would like to thanks to the web, for giving this opportunity to discuss the matter concerning the Agaw people as a whole. I’m proud of Kemants, keep up millions are behind you.

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    To Kemant leadership and wlka

    By Kenaw T

    Recently, I heard the unconfirmed news that Womber Muluneh Mersha is passed away and the source of the news is from individuals; on the other hand, it’s simply through the mouth of words. Then, I was waiting for the Kemant leaders or local media to publish it onto one of the major websites such as wlka. Days and weeks passed by but nothing happens. Then, I came to the conclusion if Womber Muluneh Mersha is actually passed away or not.

    If indeed, Womber Muluneh Mersha is passed away, then I would be very disappointed by the profession which handles the information. Then, I am asking the following questions: Is that true our religion leader do not deserve the media attention? Or is it true that still we are living unrecognized? Or just this is the orthodox leadership intention to not to say anything about our religious leader just because we are converted into Amhara by a virtue of accepting Christianity?

    My point is that one of our major problems is that we are mixing religion and ethnicity. We heard several times that Kemants are Amhara just because we are accepting Christianity either by force or by systematic means. Therefore, Kemant religion is extinct! That is not true!!!

    Womber Muluneh Mersha is our iconic religion leader and we want to know what happened to him! Many international organizations from the University of California Berkeley, from Cambridge university press, and many more world scholars know Womber Muluneh Mersha and they deserve to know what happened to him!

    I am sorry that I put up such a tough comment but I am sure we have still a rough road ahead and that bumpy road gets worst if we don’t get up and speak up about who we are. The more reorganization we have is the better. We are not what a lot of people want us to be. The true nature of us always remains with us and someone can’t change it to what we are not. “Kemants are neither created nor destroyed”. I have equated Kemants to the famous 16th century science principle “matter is neither created nor destroyed”, by Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794). Antoine tried to show us the law of conservation of mass and energy so we should not think we create or destroy matters. Kemants the same way existed from the beginning of the earth and lived for many centuries (not created by any form of government) and will continue without being destroyed.

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